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Old 06-05-2018, 02:09 PM   #5153
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Moving the rear link back that small amount will probably not change the handling at all.

They are almost in line with the original holes. The idea is to move the link back, shorteni,g the lever, causing more torque on the bar.
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Old 06-05-2018, 05:19 PM   #5154
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The Z-brackets will only help if there's two bolts in them. They were originally used on the SB so you couild move them to the SB.

Since Ford has not used them in any consistent manner top bottom front and rear install them on the SB where the spacing is 3" and they will fit.

If you want to use them on the top plates mark and drill the extra hole so they will provide some extra holding forces.
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Okay, I just happened to read about this issue with the front CHF and front wheels coming off the ground when deploying the levelers. Does this apply to all F53 chassis, all years? I just did the CHF for the front on my 2016 Coachmen Pursuit. Wont be able to test the leveling for a couple of weeks to see if this will occur. If it does, then the remedy is to return the SB to original?
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Okay, I just happened to read about this issue with the front CHF and front wheels coming off the ground when deploying the levelers. Does this apply to all F53 chassis, all years? I just did the CHF for the front on my 2016 Coachmen Pursuit. Wont be able to test the leveling for a couple of weeks to see if this will occur. If it does, then the remedy is to return the SB to original?
Lenghtening the links 3 inches will cure that.

Eventually, while lifting the front to level it, the front tires are going to come off the ground anyway, depending how much lift is needed.

After 3 or 4 inches of lift, they are just dead weight anyway. No big deal.
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Will be moving the link bolts to the rear bolt hole on the plates and the Z brackets will fit better, itís been very
hot here in Florida and do my outside work early in the morning.
Sure hope itís not as hot upon NY when we go in July and August.
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Will be moving the link bolts to the rear bolt hole on the plates and the Z brackets will fit better, itís been very
hot here in Florida and do my outside work early in the morning.
Sure hope itís not as hot upon NY when we go in July and August.
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cberlanga,

Interesting username. To answer your question, yes. When you move the front link to the inner hole on the SB you have to raise the SB up about three inches so the link will line up with the inner hole. That's why the front wheels come off the ground as they do and it happens on every F-53 chassis (with the two holes) since they came out in about 1999.

Is it absolutely necessary to fix that issue? Yes and no. The wheels will come off the ground based on how high the front needs lifted to become level. It just comes off the ground 3" sooner. It is inconvenient and somewhat unsafe to have both wheels off the ground.

The geometry of the link angles is also somewhat severe and many made the change to correct it and bring the geometry closer to stock. All of this happened over a period of 12 to 18 months and is documented in this thread.
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Okay, I just happened to read about this issue with the front CHF and front wheels coming off the ground when deploying the levelers. Does this apply to all F53 chassis, all years? I just did the CHF for the front on my 2016 Coachmen Pursuit. Wont be able to test the leveling for a couple of weeks to see if this will occur. If it does, then the remedy is to return the SB to original?
Do the fix and don't worry about it.
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cberlanga,

... When you move the front link to the inner hole on the SB you have to raise the SB up about three inches so the link will line up with the inner hole. That's why the front wheels come off the ground as they do and it happens on every F-53 chassis (with the two holes) since they came out in about 1999.

Is it absolutely necessary to fix that issue? Yes and no. The wheels will come off the ground based on how high the front needs lifted to become level. It just comes off the ground 3" sooner. It is inconvenient and somewhat unsafe to have both wheels off the ground.
I did the CHF more than a year ago and it still works great. I was a bit concerned about the short links - primarily because when I level the coach at a campsite I like all he wheels to remain on the ground. What I did waas buy 14" links made for the rear of a lifter wrangler and use the stock bushings and bolts from Ford in them. It works great and no suspension travel issues. I would never go back to stock.

This is the Manufacturer link - The links are 14" long and are just as stout as the factory ones (I measured them)
https://skyjacker.com/shop/sway-bar-link/sbe507/
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I did my 2017 Bounder 35K a couple weeks ago in my enclosed storage area. LOL, they use 3/4" rock for the base at that place so besides being uncomfortable you sure have to watch those flat washers and nuts!!

I got the front and rear done in about 35-40 minutes. Pretty duck soup. I took it for a ride to the shop 100 miles away and I noticed a measurable difference in the handling of the rig. While the rig is in the shop I am having them install the Safety Steer front stabilizer and a Safety Steer rear track bar. After I see how all that woks out I may put Sumo Springs in. But in the end I'll wager this tail heavy unit (12'from the rear axle center to bumper) will require a larger rear sway bar.
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I was a bit concerned about the short links - primarily because when I level the coach at a campsite I like all he wheels to remain on the ground. What I did was buy 14" links made for the rear of a lifted wrangler and use the stock bushings and bolts from Ford in them.

This is the Manufacturer link - The links are 14" long and are just as stout as the factory ones (I measured them)
https://skyjacker.com/shop/sway-bar-link/sbe507/

Thanks for that. Those are sort of pricey though. Did you measure the stock F53 links? I just wonder if all the F53 chassis use the same links or not?
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I did my 2017 Bounder 35K a couple weeks ago. But in the end I'll wager this tail heavy unit (12'from the rear axle center to bumper) will require a larger rear sway bar.
What really cured the problem on my 99 Dolphin with 12' overhang was to add the a Roadmaster 1-3/4" auxiliary sway bar.
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What really cured the problem on my 99 Dolphin with 12' overhang was to add the a Roadmaster 1-3/4" auxiliary sway bar.

I see that in my future. Did you install it yourself? I'll have to jack mine up and drill holes.

And did you change the factory sway links back to the front?
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